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Dwelling, University Of Sydney Library

In the early hours of 23 October 1731, the creating went up in flames. The keeper of the manuscripts, Richard Bentley, dressed only in wig and nightgown, rescued the fifth-century Codex Alexandrinus – although the story that he leapt via a window to do so is unlikely. The British Library is a single of the biggest analysis and universal libraries in the planet. The library now counts some 170 million things – of which 14 million are books and 4 million maps – improved by three million products annually. The library is the biggest public creating constructed in the UK...